Kingsley Davis,88, a sociologist who campaigned for zero...

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March 06, 1997

Kingsley Davis,88, a sociologist who campaigned for zero population growth, died Feb. 27 in Stanford, Calif. The former senior research fellow at Stanford University argued in 1945 that developing societies had stable populations because of high birth and death rates.

As a society develops, he argued, a decline in death rates leads to a population surge, followed by a decline in birth rates, until stability is reached with low birth and death rates.

The theory was almost immediately disproved by the American baby boom.

Robert Dicke,80, who predicted the Big Bang echo, died Tuesday in Princeton, N.J., where he was the Albert Einstein University Professor of Science at Princeton University.

Convinced that a microwave echo of the original Big Bang that created the universe was still resonating, he was building a radio antenna to test his theory when two other investigators discovered the echo by accident. Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias were awarded a Nobel Prize in 1978 for the discovery.

Lars Bergstrom,62, an innovator in worldwide sailing, was killed Sunday when his experimental plane stalled and crashed about two miles west of the Wauchula, Fla., airport.

Eight years ago, Mr. Bergstrom designed the 60-foot yacht that broke a 135-year-old record for sailing from New York to San Francisco around Cape Horn. He and two others sailed the boat.

He invented the Windex, a wind indicator that is attached to boat's mast, according to the editor of Sailing World magazine, John Burnham. The device is standard for any racing boat and many cruising boats.

David Gallo, 57,the elder son of Ernest Gallo and co-president of E&J Gallo Winery, died Sunday in Modesto, Calif., of an apparent heart attack, the industry newsletter Wine Business Insider reported Monday.

Mr. Gallo headed the company's marketing department and is credited with the development and introduction of Andre Champagne in 1965.

Stanislav Shatalin,62, an economist who was co-author of a radical plan in 1990 to reform Russia's centralized economy, died Monday in Moscow. The Russian Academy of Sciences announced Mr. Shatalin's death but did not disclose the cause.

Working for Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990, Mr. Shatalin co-wrote a 500-day plan to transform the state-controlled economy into a market economy. Mr. Gorbachev ultimately scrapped the blueprint.

Stanislaus Joseph J. Brzana,79, a former bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, N.Y., died Saturday in Ogdensburg.

Pub Date: 3/06/97


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